Construction Plumbing

  • Credits: 34
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

The Plumbing program prepares students to begin a career in plumbing and pipe fitting. Coursework provides technical understanding of Plumbing Technology and skills development. Coursework integrates theory and practical experience. Through the Plumbing program, the student develops skills in water systems, piping procedures, plumbing and piping systems, residential and commercial system installations, blueprint reading and sketching, and heating systems installations. The successful graduate is eligible for employment in an advanced apprenticeship level in a variety of businesses found in rural and metropolitan areas.


There are a variety of career opportunities for graduates of the plumbing program. Graduates have the option of working for a commercial or residential plumbing contractor as they complete their apprenticeship training. The plumbing trade offers challenging and interesting work for those with the desire to work as designers, installers, and troubleshooters. The opportunity for advancement to master plumber status to operate their own business also exists.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Plumber, Pipefitter, and Steamfitter in the state of Minnesota is $33.08 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 8.3%, a very high-growth career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
BLDG 1102 Construction Safety 1 credits
BLDG 1106 Grades/Cap/Elec Calc 3 credits
BLDG 1114 Blueprint Reading I 2 credits
HEAT 2214 Hydronic Heating Sys 4 credits
PLBG 1104 Bldg Sewers/Drainage Sys 3 credits
PLBG 1108 Plumbing/Piping Drawings 2 credits
PLBG 1110 Copper Pipe Procedures 2 credits
PLBG 1112 Plastic Pipe Procedures 2 credits
PLBG 1114 Steel Pipe Procedures 3 credits
PLBG 1116 Plumbing Theory/Sys 3 credits
PLBG 1118 State Plbg Code Interpret 1 credits
PLBG 1120 Residential Plbg Install 3 credits
PLBG 1122 Plbg Repair/Service Work 2 credits
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 3 credits

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
#MNTE3 MN Transfer Elective 3 credits
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3 credits

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